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Temperature Adjustments In Alabama

By Paul Homewood

 

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I came across an old post of mine from June 2012, which casts some light on how much the US temperature record has been adjusted by NOAA.

The graph plots November temperatures in Alabama. Like all of this old data, this graph is no longer available on NOAA’s website.

As I noted at the time, November temperatures in 1934 were 57.0F, and compared with 55.5F in 2011.

 

If we fast forward to the current version, we find that November 1934 is shown as 55.8F, and November 2011 as 55.3F. In net terms, relative to 2011, the 1934 temperatures have been reduced by 1.0F.

 

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As I also reported in a later post in 2014, NOAA offered a toolkit that graphed the differences between the old and new versions.

Below is a screenprint of the annual data for Alabama, which I posted at the time, and it shows just how much temperatures have been reduced during that highly inconvenient warm period in the 1930s and 40s.

As with the November figure, there is an adjustment of about 1F.

 

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Now, and also highly conveniently, the NOAA toolkit does not work. All you get is a blank screen.

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January 16, 2018 at 08:09AM

Another German Offshore Wind Park Loses Millions As Installation Costs Soar, Wind Forecast Overestimated

The online fuldainfo.de here reports of mores woes in the German offshore wind industry. It’s turning out the offshore wind power is expensive, and often plagued by technical difficulties.

The offshore Trianel Borkum wind park severely hampered by spiraling costs, lower than expected winds. Photo credit: Trianel

Just days ago I wrote here of another recent technical folly suffered by the North Sea Riffgat wind park, where its power transmission underwater cable worked its way out of the seabed to become exposed and thus at risk of becoming ensnarled with anchors or fishing nets.

“Rosy wind projections”

The fuldainfo.de now writes of “high losses” incurred by aanother nearby wind park: the Trianel Windpark operated by Rhönenergie. This is “not surprising” to FDP Free Democrats Party Chairman Mario Klotzsche:

We brought up our concerns again and again in the committees, and also in public, because the economic precariousness was foreseeable at a very early stage. That’s why the city of Flensburg left the project already in 2014. That’s what we also wish to do so that Rhönenergie can avoid getting saddled with additional burdens.”

Offshore installation costs more than doubled

A major reason for the losses seen by the Trianel Borkum park today, according to Klotzsche, were the “rosy wind projections”, which he reports was also the case for “many other wind projects“. He is quoted in the fuldinfo.de:

Originally 80 turbines with 400 megawatts of capacity should have been installed for 1 billion euros. In the end only 40 turbines and 200 megawatts of capacity were built for 1.1 billion euros.”

Multiple delays

Klotzsche also spoke of “repeated delays” with respect to hook up to the power grid, and even after the park was put into operation.

Moreover, the wind that were projected never materialized. “There was less wind than what was assumed,” according to Klotzsche. “The responsible persons calculated the project using rosy numbers.”

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January 16, 2018 at 07:50AM

Hottest Year Ever

Government climate experts tell us the Arctic is melting down, and the planet is record hot.

Climate Reanalyzer

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January 16, 2018 at 07:26AM

Saving Florida

Sea level rise rates peaked in Florida around 1935, with CO2 below 310 PPM.  Apparently the only way to save Florida is to make sure CO2 levels never get that low again.

Sea Level Trends – Variation of 50-year Mean Sea Level Trends

Fear of sea level rise is already affecting Florida’s economy.  You can now pick up an apartment in Miami for only $65 million.

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January 16, 2018 at 07:26AM